FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
DRM runs counter the the governing principles by which copyright is laid out in the constitution. It represents a proven methodology by which innovation in our nation is victimized by unethical business practices. It provides no valuable contribution to artists or designers in so far as it ultimately works against the rights of the consumer and degrades the value of their product and their name over time. It is my very sincere hope that DRM can be outlawed in our life time. As it stands it has directly victimized thousands and stands to victimize millions more as digital media content providers lean on it more and more. Companies fold, and products reach end of life. But art is a timeless product of ingenuity. Consumer products should not be tied directly to the stability of a company and it's services at the risk of them losing that which they paid for in good faith. But, the problems with DRM extend far beyond digital content delivery, and challenge the ability for engineers to improve upon and augment others technical achievements, leaving us at a severe economic disadvantage in the global market place. Additionally increased legislature that places an insurmountable legal burden upon small businesses will wring the death knell for the inventor and tinkerer's workshop. This sadly jeopardizes our stance as the worldwide leader in innovation. And that, is an unconstitutional application of copyright protection, which is to say nothing of it's basic lack of merit. Please stand up to piss poor legislation. It is in all of our best interest, even the people advocating for it, whether they are smart enough to realize it or not.